The Al Rabie is definitely meant for backpackers wanting to spend as little money as possible. They were so full when we got there that we couldn't even get a dorm room, but instead paid about $10 a person to sleep on the roof. This actually worked out fantastically, since they're so used to this happening that they have a great camp set up for roof-sleepers, including overhangs, lights, beds, extra blankets, and showers and toilets actually on the roof. The hostel is huge and has tons of international travelers, so finding people to travel with is easy. There's also a huge inner courtyard with a juice bar (no alcohol) and hookah where you can sit, sip a coffee, eat your complimentary breakfast, and talk travel with other guests. The staff is great and really knowledgeable about almost anything that you can come up with to do in Damascus, like, for example, when they helped us find a taxi to take us from Damascus to Beirut.
- Also Known As:
- Al Rabie Hotel Damascus